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Which are the largest bears?

Bears are large, powerful animals with thick, shaggy fur.  They are among the favorite performers in circuses and zoos.

The bear family includes some pretty big bears.

A lion, for example, may weigh as much as 450 pounds.  But a good-sized grizzly bear or polar bear may weigh 750 to 1,000 pounds!

Bear

The biggest of all bears are the big Alaskan brown bears and Kodiak bears found in Alaska and on Kodiak Island off the coast of Alaska.

Some of these giants may weigh more than 1,500 pounds and may be over nine feet tall when standing on their hind feet.

Bears look clumsy because they walk with a peculiar, shuffling gait, but are not nearly as slow as they look.  They can run faster than any human runner.

Most bears are usually peaceful animals, and run from danger.

But all bears are short-tempered and dangerous, and even friendly, tamed bears cannot always be trusted.

In fact, the grizzly bear is considered by many to be the most dangerous of all North American wild animals. – Dick Rogers

What is a tumblebug?

Tumblebug

Did you ever see a bug that could tumble?  The tumblebug can!

“Tumblebug” is the name of a beetle that has the peculiar habit of rolling balls of dung (manure) along the ground.  It gets its name from the fact that it often tumbles as it rolls these large balls.

Tumblebug, also called “dung beetle”, can be found living in many parts of the world.

They are members of the famous scarab beetle family, sacred symbols to the ancient Egyptians.

The tumblebug carves out a mass of fresh dung and rolls it into a perfect ball.

Then, standing on it head with its hind feet on the ball, the tumblebug rolls the ball to a place of safety.

When it finds a suitable spot, it digs a hole and rolls the ball into the note.

It may eat the ball, or it may lay an egg in it and bury it.

The dung serves as food for the baby tumblebug that hatches from the egg.– Dick Rogers